Kelly’s family is quite musical, I bought some guitar chord caroling books and it wasn’t long before we had a complete band with 3 guitars, a mandolin, bongos, a tamborine, some other percussion instruments that I don’t know the official name of (from the kids stockings), and some improvised instruments.
Click on the picture for the video (it’s a little long but worth listening to the end to hear Ed’s mandolin solo!)
And, yes, Tobin is eating chocolate, he was strumming the mandolin during many of the carols but the chocolate won out during Silent Night, it was a candy “free-for-all” day and he was probably thinking I better get as much of it in my mouth while my mom is distracted and before she changes her mind.
After our Sunday service, Kelly & I rushed home to clean up a bit and get dinner started. Kim & Ed showed up earlier than everyone else and you know what happens when you show up early to a party-you get put to work. So, Ed got the lovely task of putting Ezra’s car garage together, which, to my defense, didn’t look that hard-the boys had started it. It was a bit more complicated but he did a GREAT job!
Evan can’t be over without picking up one of Kelly’s guitars, which started a carol sing-see the next post for a video:)
Time to open some presents, didn’t get many good pix-bummed:(
Not sure I’ve ever captured a smile this big or real from Evan (pretty sure he had just nailed his dad with a paper wad-an ongoing battle between all the boys in the house that started with Ezra and his new nerf football dart. There was a lot of ball throwing in the house!)
Marian with her new doll, clothes and a sewing machine that Sandy will be teaching her with, they have already made a fleece coat for her!
Ezra & Marian were up first checking out the presents
They waited somewhat patiently for Tobin to wake up (he didn’t get up until almost 8:30!
This was a present from Ezra, he was sooo excited to give it to me, isn’t it sweet. And, Marian got me a photo cube that she bought with her AWANA dollars knowing how much I would like it (can’t wait to fill it-I’ll get a picture of it then!)
Tobin opening his new driver, he told me he needed one “because he already had an iron and a putter”.
A new “girly” Bible
He was really excited about the train stuff
and got right to work putting it together
the Friendship Bracelet Maker
New pans for Kelly (which in turn become a present for me via his amazing cooking!)
Aren’t these PJ’s sweet!
The Chronicle of Narnia boxed set, decided I would start reading them aloud
And, Kelly opening his new golf bag
And, Ezra very excited about the box!
And, very quickly we rushed off to church for some Christmas carols and scripture reading. And, the next post will have our Christmas with Kelly’s family:)
As you may remember, my family celebrated Christmas in August this year and while we had a great time, i didn’t want my parents departure to Arizona to keep us from seeing my sister & brother (who live close to my parents). So, the kids and I headed to Trisha’s house for a quick visit on the 23rd & 24th (which also happens to be her birthday!). We took the kids roller skating
That’s Ezra in the red helmet & Troy approaching in the green Grinch shirt with the big eyes.
they played a bunch of games, included some Mario cart Wii time (the boys were very excited about this since I’m mean and we don’t have it)
Trish & I went for a 3 mile walk for her birthday (she must have really liked it because when we got back, her friend Rachel asked if she wanted to go for a walk, she went on another 3 mile walk!)
The kids stayed at Trisha’s while I took Ashley & Matthew (my brother’s older kids) out to breakfast and then stopped by my brothers house to see him and Dakota (the 2 1/2 year old) and got to see Brittany too (my SIL’s daughter who is very sweet). Dakota didn’t want much to do with me though with Matthew around-I teased Matthew that I’d have to keep him away next time!
Then Trish & I went to see Grandpa, who continues to do well at 98 years old. I asked him how he was doing and he said “pretty good . . . not bad enough to die!” He’s pretty ready to go and always makes a joke with me about it. We had some lunch and then took off for home. It was quick but glad I got to personally deliver a few gifts and see my sis on her birthday:) And, I know-horrible pictures, I was just a little burnt out from taking sooo many pictures that I just wanted to relax and not worry about it.
We got our Bear Dominoes out and much to Marian’s dismay, the boys turned it into a ball game “why does everything have to involve ball sports?”
This is the whole field, kind of hard to tell what everything is so below are some “close-ups”
Marian decided to join them by making cheerleaders
and they then decided they needed to make their own pyramid (their play often reminds me of “When you give a Mouse a Cookie . . .”
And, the fans (yes, they are shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph & an angel because that is what we had handy
This is the football field, the things on each end are the goals. The bear in purple is singing the National Anthem with the players lined up on either side;)
And, then later, Marian got Ezra to join in for a “school” lesson.